A quick round up of the stories that got us chattering on the world desk today:
- With news of the wealthy being hit hardest by tax raises in France, Hugh Carnegy and Scheherazade Daneshkhu report on the resulting sense of anxiety among the French super-rich.
- Robert and Edward Skidelsky suggest we should “get off the consumption treadmill”.
- Robert Shrimsley takes on the daunting challenge of explaining Libor, the universe and everything - even managing to include British hopes of finding a UK Wimbledon champion.
- We liked the New York Times’ coverage of the idle Iranian tankers full of oil that no-one wants to buy – a nice follow up to this FT story on Iranian tankers being rebadged.
- Nathan Heller lists the five key TED talks that embody the most popular lecture series ever given.
- AP investigates Mitt Romney’s intriguing financial portfolio – and asks why some holdings have not been fully disclosed.
- Dexter Filkins in The New Yorker on the likelihood of civil war in Afghanistan once the US exits the country.
- And on a lighter note, we enjoyed Foreign Policy’s take on how the American revolution might have been covered on Twitter, had it been around. Meanwhile in San Diego, a fireworks show went with just one bang. Oops.